I want to open my review of The Bikinis with the following quote: “The show is pure escapist entertainment and a feast for the senses from start to finish.” The excerpt is from a review by my favorite theatre critic – myself, the first time I saw The Bikinis at another venue (my vanity has no limits). But seeing it again at Westchester Broadway Theatre was double the pleasure. When I heard we were going to see it again, I was thrilled. It’s a jukebox musical where you can just kick back and enjoy the show. Plus you get a full three-course meal at WBT as well!
If you took Jersey Boys, gave it a gender makeover, exchanged the classic music of The Four Seasons with classic hits from the 60s thru to the new millennium, added a dose of drama, a dash of audience interaction, and a pinch of a surprise ending, you would have The Bikinis.
The show was created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman, musical arrangements by Joseph Baker, with additional music and lyrics by Joseph Baker and Ray Roderick. The story follows four songstress wannabes who form a band in the sixties called The Bikinis. They achieve a slim margin of success (about ten of the fifteen minutes of fame allotted each of us) over the next two decades based on a one-hit wonder they had which was made into a 45 record. (Remember those vinyl-shaped donuts with the hole in the middle?) As the poet Robert Frost once said, “roads diverged” and the women went their separate ways at the end of the 70s. They reunite, however, in 2000 to perform a fundraiser in Florida. Condominium developers want to take over a mobile home park where the girls spent a great deal of time in their youth, so they come together after twenty years to help raise money to stave off the development. Pillow Talking’s Review of THE BIKINIS at WBT | Pillow Talking Pillow Talking